Mass Appeal at Christ Church Cathedral

hanrahan_7-30-2008-00022.jpgMASS APPEAL details the relationship between a parish priest, Fr. Farley, who accommodates to survive, and an idealistic seminarian, Mark Dolson, who attacks to force salvation. MASS APPEAL by Bill C. Davis, the story of the clash of ideology and personality between an older, entrenched parish priest and a fiery young seminarian, will be presented by The Midnight Company at Christ Church Cathedral, November 6 through 15, with performances at 8pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Tickets are $15, and may be reserved by calling
(314) 487-5305.

Described as ³wittyŠcompassionateŠand worldly² by The New York Times, and ³insightfulŠprovocativeŠand fascinating² by Time Out, MASS APPEAL details the relationship between a parish priest, Fr. Farley, who accommodates to survive, and an idealistic seminarian, Mark Dolson, who attacks to force salvation.  As each tries to force the other to be a good priest, they learn, in unexpected ways, the nature of courage, faith and friendship.

Fr. Farley will be played by Steve Springmeyer and Mark Dolson will be played by Travis Hanrahan. Both appeared last year in Midnight¹s production of two one-acts SOLDIER BOY and THE LITTLE FRENCHY FILES, which was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award as Outstanding New Production. Travis Hanrahan, son of MASS APPEAL director and Midnight Company co-founder, Joe Hanrahan, has also appeared with the Company in ORPHANS and SKYLIGHT, while Springmeyer has also worked with Midnight in LOVE MATCH, and in Joe Hanrahan-directed productions of SYLVIA (for The New Theatre) and BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, HARVEY and OUR TOWN (for The Orthwein Theatre.)

For Midnight, Joe Hanrahan, who will direct MASS APPEAL, has also directed SKYLIGHT and ORPHANS, and was writer/director of SOLDIER BOY and THE LITTLE FRENCHY FILES,  LOVE MATCH, THE BALLAD OF JESSE JAMES and LIFE AFTER DEATH.

MASS APPEAL will be performed in the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, an
1867 Gothic revival structure and a National Historic Landmark, located at 1210 Locust in Downtown St. Louis.  Secure parking will be available.

Performances will be Thursdays (Nov 6 & 13), Fridays (Nov 7 & 14) and Saturdays (Nov 6 and 15) at 8pm. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and students) and may be reserved by calling (314) 487-5305.  For more information, visit midnightcompany.com.

COMING SOON:  In February, 2009, The Midnight Company will present ŒGIVE ŒEM HELL HARRY² by Samuel Gallu, the rousing story of Harry Truman, with Joe Hanrahan as Harry Truman, directed by Sarah Whitney, a select performance of the Missouri History Museum¹s new Performing Arts Series. Visit mohistory.org for more information.

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